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Cloning a VM across cluster without shutting down VM

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I have a need to clone a Production VM over from another
cluster but I don't have downtime for that VM.

How can I clone it over to be used at my cluster assuming
I have a common vCenter managing that cluster plus my
cluster?

That source VM is running Win2008 Enterprise.

Pls provide step by step instruction.
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Question by:sunhux
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you can use vmware converter to do this:

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf

vmware converter will allow you to select a target machine, choose a destination, and then will make a new VM fro the target on the fly.
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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As long the clusters are managed by the same vCenter, you should have no problems in performing a hot clone of the VM.

Please let us know the type of storage you are using to store the virtual machines.

1.The datastore on which the VM is stored needs to be visible to both the source and
destination cluster (ESXi hosts to be precise).
2.Make sure that Windows Firewall or Network Firewall is configured appropriately to allow conversion traffic (typically Ports 137, 138, 139 and 445).
3.Try to use the latest version of VMware Converter Standalone
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by:sunhux
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So this converter thingy is like doing P2V ?

Could I not just use vCenter to clone?

Also, on the target cloned VM, if the hostname & IP addr
are changed (via sysprep), will the printers still work  in
the target VM?
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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This is a V2V since the source is a VM. You can use the clone feature to create the VM on the destination cluster. I am unsure about the printers part since it involves Sysprep.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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if you have vCenter Server, Right Click the VM and Select CLONE.

Much easier to use vCenter CLONE function, otherwise follow my EE Articles


HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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